Tuesday, September 30, 2014

That's not a plane... THAT'S A PLANE !

Ready to slice through thin air ?

Sometimes the absurd becomes beauty, and this was certainly the case with this bird. An experiment on how countries could work together to make dreams come true. A show off for technological acheivements and nations, just like the Zeppelins in the 20ies.

The Concorde was faster than anything you could fly 40 years ago when it first showed its nose... and it is still faster (2.5 times faster) than any comercial plane you could fly today. And it flew much higher than the others... so less air = less turbulance.

Ambientalists ? They cried (fuel consumption of 20 thousand liters of kerosine per hour, big bad boom each time it passed the sound barrier)...
The trully wealthy ? They cheered (Paris / New York in 3h30) because they actually could afford the ticket.

Concorde, ?, Hong Kong, 1980's
For the little story, originally it was not supposed to have any "passenger" windows on the sides. (lighter, better structural integrity) But after some studies it seemed that passengers needed visual recognition points... so they altered the design.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The YAMATO gun...

Yamato Space gun, Popy, Japan, 1970's
I collect space guns and Leji Matsumoto's heroes, and it is nice to have a toy that fit in both categories. Maybe the strangest space gun ever - but it has all the details of the Yamato space ship - and it takes a battery and makes space sounds !

yes, battery goes in the grip.
Boxart is very nice !

Turret detail

Friday, September 26, 2014

White is the color !

Astronaut, ?, 1970's

What does a spaceman look like after laundry day ? Well...

For the info, space suits like the EVA are white to reflect heat so the astronaut doesn't get too warm. And they are really visible against the black background of space... Very logical, yes ?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Jingle Bells !

What better way than August to remember colder seasons.... If Astro was Santa, no need for reindeers ! Or sleigh....!

Astroboy, ?, China, 2010's
I have Pom-poms !